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Akron hacked, thousands of SS nos. posted: But are they real?
City takes down its Web site while IT tries to track the problems
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:

The City of Akron's website is down as officials try to figure out how they were hacked earlier today.

The Turkish Hacking and Security Platform has taken responsibility for the attack via Twitter, releasing thousands of names, addresses and Social Security numbers online.

Akron spokesman Rick Schmahl says IT experts are working to repair the site.

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“We can fix the site and bring everything back online.  But until we know for sure how to prevent it from happening again, we don’t really want to do that. I would hope, by the weekend, we’ll have things back up and running and know a lot more.”

Schmahl adds that other government sites -- such as the Mobile, Ala., Police Department -- were also hacked. So he’s hoping the FBI

Here's an advisory posted by the City of Akron tonight:

City officials are working closely with state and federal authorities to assess the situation and to determine who hacked into the city’s system and the extent of the intrusion. 
 
Until a full understanding is reached regarding the website and the extent of the invasion, citizens are encouraged to keep a close eye on their personal information.This includes monitoring bank accounts, using secure passwords (using random upper and lower case letters, and numbers), and reviewing credit reports.
 
“The City has enlisted the help of state authorities and the FBI,” said the statement, quoting Mayor Don Plusquellic. “We are taking all necessary steps to assess the damage, remedy the situation, and protect our citizens.”

might get involved given the scope of the attack. It's also unclear whether the leaked information is real; in some cases, hackers have made up info to increase the perceived severity of the attack.

Here's an advisory posted by the City of Akron tonight:

City officials are working closely with state and federal authorities to assess the situation and to determine who hacked into the city’s system and the extent of the intrusion. 
 
Until a full understanding is reached regarding the website and the extent of the invasion, citizens are encouraged to keep a close eye on their personal information.This includes monitoring bank accounts, using secure passwords (using random upper and lower case letters, and numbers), and reviewing credit reports.
 
“The City has enlisted the help of state authorities and the FBI,” said the statement quoting Mayor Don Plusquellic. “We are taking all necessary steps to assess the damage, remedy the situation, and protect our citizens.”
 

 

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